CTMH Through the Year 2018 Calendar

Calendars is a thing with my family. They don’t do them every year, but it has been done in the past. Making calendars. I’ve always thought it was a unique and creative gift at Christmas time.

As far as I know, my family isn’t doing one this year. But, Close to my Heart is! And I’m uber excited about it!

Sold as a kit, you’ll get everything you need to create a 12 month calendar. That means you’ll get paper, embellishments and stickers along with the calendar itself and photo cards so yourself or the recipient can add pictures later.

But, that’s not all. Our Christmas present to you is taking 20% off the total when you purchase this kit. If that’s not incentive enough, when you add the stamp of the month to your kit (which coincidentally coordinates with the items found in the kit), it’s just $6. Regularly, it’s $23.

So, how much is the calendar kit? Without the additional stamp, the Through the Year 2018 calendar kit is $50 CAD. When an order reaches $50 the shopper qualifies for the stamp of the month. Its $6.

Sooo…purchase the kit (there’s your qualifying order), and add the stamp of the month (the stamp add on to the kit, and the current SOTM) for $6. Purchase the stamp set on its own for $23.

I can’t help but think what a great gift this would make. Don’t you agree?! I’m positive aunts, grandparents and parents would just love a handmade gift such as this.

This fantastic deal is available all month long. It’s expires December 31, 2017. Message me to reserve yours.

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There’s More to CTMH Than Meets the Eye

I’ve often mentioned that Close to My Heart isn’t just for card makers and scrapbookers. While the majority of this company caters to paper crafters in that capacity, when you think outside of the box, you’ll find that there’s a lot of things you can create using our products that are distinctly different from scrapbooking!

Here’s some visual evidence. Follow the link to Close to My Hearts’ blog and soak it all in while you sip your cup of coffee or chai tea. Enjoy!

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CTMH Silver & Gold Christmas Home Decor

I know Thanksgiving hasn’t happened yet, and neither has rememberance day. I know it’s on your mind, though! It’s on mine, and I’m certain I’m not alone in this. Remembering our veterans is very important. I feel it’s important to not forget their part in giving us the freedoms we have today. On the other hand, I love Christmas and can’t wait to celebrate and enjoy the season!

This would be why I’m sharing this image. If you’re thinking about the holiday season, maybe this would be a nice addition to your festive decor. You don’t need to be a Scrapbooker or cardmaker to make this! 

If you’re interested in creating these, hit me up. I’ll send the product list and instructions your way!

CTMH Gymnastics

Hello friends! I have something totally different to share with you today! It isn’t often I get to mix ‘work’ with ‘play’. I’m not sure which is which, but here I am, killing it for our gymnastics club!

I used CTMH Play Hard B1512 and Gymnastics B1304. These are both retired items, but I’m so glad I finally got the chance to use them on a project! It helps that I’m on the gymnastics board, too! See- stamping and creativity can be applied in many areas of our lives- not just card making and scrapbooking! What off the page or out of the norm project have you created using stamps or other media? What was the result?

I’m waiting on approval of this flyer from the rest of the board, but once its approved, I’m off to Staples to have it printed. Wish me luck!

Shoestring Planner Tuesday

Good morning friends!

It’s planner Tuesday, which means I have new planner inspiration for you!

I cut some of my scrap patterned paper to size, then adhered them to the day views inside my planner. 

Something like this:

Once my week was filled in with its various activities, I embellished using various stickers- there’s a mix of CTMH, Recollections, Creative Memories  (which is ancient, by the way), and Jillibean Soup. 

My favorite part is the punched portions I added to the middle day views. It looks pretty.

I dislike how light the ink is on this patterned paper. If I do it again, I’ll use lighter papers, so they don’t compete for attention!

Snail Mail Saturday

Hello friends, it’s Saturday again! Do you have any special plans for the weekend? Mine include hoping my children sleep through the night without waking up before 7 am. We seem to have lost this skill…

Here’s a peek at my incoming mail from this week, starting with the most recent to the oldest, not so recent smail. 

My dear pal from Australia sent an awesome  (meaning informative) postcard about Queensland and adorable stickers!

And, I’m not entirely sure, but I think the stationery, in the middle picture, from my dear pal in Germany, is perfumed. It smells lovely, although it’s faint. Is that a thing? 

I’ve been slow the last bit getting caught up on my letters and mailing them out, as I have been with everything else pleasurable to me as of late. I’m hoping to have them mailed by Tuesday.  Fingers crossed!

Snail Mail Saturday

Hello friends! I have more smail goodness for you today. 

I am desperate to get back into a routine where more quiet time allows me some freedom, but until that happens, some of my pictures will be taken when the light is poor. 

These gals are quickly becoming good friends and I look forward to every letter I receive from them. They’re full of sweet words, stickers and washi tape! (Which, you all know, is my fave!) I’m also loving the cute stationery too!

DIY Envelope Tutorial

Hello, friends! 

As promised, I will share a quick and simple tutorial today for making your own envelopes!

To start, you’ll need one sheet of 12×12 cardstock or patterned paper and glue. I like using CTMH Liquid Glass for a strong bond, but you can use whichever glue you have on hand or like to use.

Decide which side of the patterned paper you would like to face outwards (in this case it’s the floral pattern), then make two folds approximately 1- 1.5inches from each side (fold inwards, towards the centre of the paper). 
A trick I like to use is placing my letter in the bottom centre of the patterned paper, and fold each side around it. I use this trick to also roughly guesstimate the bottom fold (next step).

Apply glue to the bottom portions of each 1-inch fold, then fold paper upwards (pictured below). The bottom fold should be approximately 2 inches from the bottom of the paper. This will become the bottom of your envelope. (Place your letter inside, for reference). 

This is how your envelope should look now. Next, you’ll want to fold the top edge of the patterned paper envelope approximately 0.5- 1 inch inwards, and again nearer the top of your letter (approximately 2-3 inches from the top edge fold).
*Note: I say approximately, because I haven’t measured exactly each of my folds. I’ve created my envelopes strictly by feel and by my naked eye.

Measurements will be different, dependent on what size paper your letter is written on. I currently use standard loose-leaf paper, which I assume measures 8.5×11 inches. My envelopes were created around this standard size, folded in three). 

*Another Note: before gluing any corners, mock up your envelope to avoid making any mistakes. I always make all my folds first, and then go back and glue where appropriate.  

(Top edge folded down, 0.5-1 inch from top edge); glue the thicker, corner portions. Here’s how it should look completed (below):

(I flipped the envelope over, so the front is facing outwards.) The backside of your envelope will have a clean edge where you’ll adhere it closed with glue. This is unlike a standard card envelope that has the V-shaped flap. 

Lastly, decorate to your hearts desire! I’ll sometimes add washi tape to the back fold after I’ve glued it closed for a little more pizzazz. That’s not necessary.  Do whatever feels right!

I hope today’s tutorial made sense and was clearer than a load of mud to you! If not, please let me know, and I’ll do my best to clarify it!

Make It Monday 

Are you a smoothie lover? Have you ever made your own smoothies?

I scored big time when I came across a couple Kraft Canada smoothies- I hit the jackpot with the Kraft Peanut Butter Banana smoothie and the Green- Protein smoothie (recipe coming next week). 

The recipe that I pinned says it’s vegetarian and gluten free, for those that prefer a cleaner food choice.

My kids LOVE this smoothie- it has chocolate milk in it (I make my own using 1% milk and chocolate syrup. That way I can control/monitor how rich it is); that’s their first favorite food. Their second favorite food is bananas. I really enjoy it too! The chocolate flavor appeals to my sweet tooth but the bananas in it packs a bunch of healthy nutrients and a nice balance to the sweetness of the chocolate. 

SO tasty– especially in my little Coca-Cola glass! 

Perfect for a snack or for breakfast, I highly recommend trying this smoothie- it tastes good with strawberries in it, too! 

Try it, I dare you!